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Research Data Analyst
Postdoctoral Scholar
Research Study Assistant

Research Data Analyst

Job Summary:
The Research Data Analyst provides expertise in data management, quality assurance, analysis and reporting.  This role establishes data accuracy and validity derived from a variety of systems. This position performs data analysis using statistical techniques. This role researches and analyzes information using multiple databases and creates reports of data and results. The Research Data Analyst assists in the preparation and delivery of decision support reports to both internal and external customers.

Program Description

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) conducts comprehensive research to improve the health of SGM individuals (see http://isgmh.northwestern.edu). It is comprised of three research programs: Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT); Complex Systems in Health Disparities (CSHD); and IMPACT. ISGMH currently has multiple NIH-, health department-, and foundation-funded studies. ISGMH is directed by Dr. Brian Mustanski and currently has multiple NIH-, health department-, and foundation-funded studies. This position is based within the Department of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

Project Description

The goal of this project is to use data collected within the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), a biennial health survey of high school students, to assess alcohol use disparities between sexual minority youth and heterosexual youth across several jurisdictions and years. The national YRBS collected information on sexual minority status for the first time in 2015, providing the opportunity to conduct innovative research on alcohol and other health disparities on a national scale.

Job Activities

The primary job activity will be to clean, pool, and analyze data from multiple years of YRBS administration. This will entail development of cleaning protocols, extensive documentation of programs, maintenance of large databases, and conducting advanced analytic procedures. Data analysis will be conducted primarily with SAS, SAS-Callable SUDAAN, and Stata.

Specific Responsibilities:

Administration

  • Develop standardized templates, policies, and procedures for internal and external reporting.
  • Designs and prepares documentation for qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  • Discuss findings with senior management.

Development

  • Develop queries and quality metrics.
  • Interprets results using a variety of techniques, ranging from simple data aggregation to more complex statistical analysis.
  • Manages complex databases.

Performance

  • Completes data cleaning and organizes data files for analysis.
  • Reviews data and identifies quality issues.
  • Presents findings in an appropriate manner.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • 2 years data analysis/report writing or similar experience required.
  • Please see information highlighted below:
    • Infrastructure: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Outlook)
    • Programming Languages and Frameworks: SAS
    • Analytical: data warehouse design/develop
    • Project: Code documentation, collaboration and teamwork, organizational skills, workflow development and documentation.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Prior experience in complex data analysis and working with large datasets.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Effective time management skills.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures.
  • Efficient and resourceful in problem-solving.
  • Good communication skills; demonstrated effective spoken and written communication.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in public health research.
  • Experience working with LGBT individuals.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and guidance.
  • Ability to receive and benefit from feedback.
  • Willingness to expand skill set and improve.
  • Ability to write scientifically for dissemination activities.

To apply, please visit Northwestern University’s careers site, and search for job 27956. As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.We seek a diverse pool of candidates. Candidates for racial/ethnic minorities are highly encouraged to apply.
Date Posted: 4/1/2016

Postdoctoral Scholar in longitudinal research on HIV, substance use, and/or sexual minority health

Job Summary:
The IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program within the Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) seeks a post-doctoral scholar to be involved in a number of longitudinal studies on the health and development of sexual minority adolescents and young adults. Research activities including authoring and co-authoring manuscripts, analysis of existing longitudinal data, and collaborating on ongoing projects. This position also offers the unique opportunity to work with ISGMH faculty as they seek to build new interdisciplinary collaborative research projects on sexual and gender minority health at Northwestern through such activities as helping to develop and collect pilot data and reviewing literature in new research areas. Opportunities exist to gain exposure and mentorship on grant writing. The post-doctoral scholar will be mentored directly by Dr. Brian Mustanski and will have opportunities to collaborate with other ISGMH faculty members.

Research projects that offer opportunities for analyses and publication include:

Project Q2: The longest running longitudinal study of LGBTQ adolescents with 9 waves of longitudinal data on over more than 6 years (N ~ 250). Variables include mental health, substance use, sexual behavior, personality, and social relationships among many others. Recent representative publication: Mustanski, B., Andrews, R., & Puckett, J. A. (2016). The Effects of Cumulative Victimization on Mental Health Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Adolescents and Young Adults. American Journal of Public Health, 106(3), 527-533. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2015.302976

Crew 450: A longitudinal cohort study of 450 young men who have sex with men followed with 5 observations over 2 years. Variables include HIV and STI testing, mental health, substance use, sexual behavior, personality, and social relationships among many others. Recent representative publication: Garofalo, R., Hotton, A. L., Kuhns, L. M., Gratzer, B., & Mustanski, B. (2016). Incidence of HIV infection and Sexually Transmitted Infections and Related Risk Factors among Very Young Men Who Have Sex with Men. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, In Press. doi:10.1097/QAI.0000000000000933

RADAR: A large ongoing NIDA funded study that is building a dynamic dyadic-network cohort of young men who have sex with men (YMSM) by hybridizing existing cohorts of YMSM (including Project Q2, Crew 450, and one other study). The goal of this project is to apply a “next generation” multilevel model to understand the syndemic of health problems among a large cohort of YMSM (age 16-29) and inform “high-impact” HIV prevention with this vulnerable population. Multiple longitudinal observations of biological, individual, dyadic, and network data will be collected and analyzed.

ISGMH is the nation’s first university-wide research center focused exclusively on LGBTQ health. It provides leadership and infrastructure that promote innovative, multidisciplinary research to improve the health and wellbeing of SGM individuals and communities. The IMPACT Program is housed within ISGMH and is based in the Department of Medical Social Sciences in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The mission of the IMPACT Program is to conduct translational research that improves the health of LGBTQ youth. It was founded by Dr. Brian Mustanski in 2008 and has been the home to many federal- and foundation-funded research projects. The Program’s multidisciplinary team includes 6 doctoral-level scientists, multiple masters’ level staff, a team of research assistants and data managers, and a full-time program coordinator for administrative support.

Eligibility: Completion of the doctorate prior to the start of the position is required for postdoctoral scholars. It is preferred that the candidate has a doctorate in the social/behavioral/health sciences or a related field. Experience conducting research on sexual gender minority health, HIV/AIDS, or substance abuse required. Experience with longitudinal analyses preferred. Start date is flexible ranging from immediately through summer 2016. Applications will be reviewed as received so interested candidates should apply as soon as possible regardless of their preferred start date.

To apply: Applicants should email application materials to Dr. Brian Mustanski c/o Ryan Coventry (ryan.coventry@northwestern.edu). Applications should include a CV and a cover letter explaining fit with this position, research experience, career goals, and the name of two references that will be contacted only for finalists. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

Research Study Assistant: RADAR Project

Job Summary:

The Research Study Assistant performs biomedical and/or social-behavioral research by administering tests and/or questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating and/or processing responses; gathering information; and/or assisting in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports.  This role completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and all relevant current local, state, and federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy and procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).

Program Description: The IMPACT Program conducts research on LGBT Health and Development (see http://www.impactprogram.org). It currently has multiple NIH- and foundation-funded studies and actively collaborates with community-based organization to conduct research and translate findings into interventions. It is directed by Dr. Brian Mustanski and is based in the Department of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Extensive community ties have been a hallmark of the IMPACT Program since its inception, and it is now a resident partner with the Center on Halsted (COH).

Project Description: The overall goal of the RADAR study is to identify and understand the connections among sexually transmitted infections (like HIV), drug and alcohol use, and romantic or sexual relationship patterns over time among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) inclusive of transwomen and gender non-conforming individuals. This cooperative agreement with the National Institute on Drug Abuse marks the first time that one study will look at drivers of new HIV infections at multiple levels– the genetics of the virus, effects of medications, individual behavior, sexual partner and relationship characteristics, networks, and community-level factors. A total of 657 YMSM have been enrolled into this study, and recruitment is ongoing. Eligible participants may return for up to 9 visits over the 5 years of the study.

Job Activities: The Research Study Assistant’s primary activities involve the scheduling and retention of research participants in the RADAR study with young MSM, transgender women, and gender non-conforming individuals ages 16-29. The position’s specific activities include: following established protocols for contacting and scheduling participants; tracking participants for retention purposes; conducting study assessments; maintaining accurate, timely and detailed records of participant contact; maintaining and updating databases; managing monthly E-raffles; generating weekly enrollment and retention figures to track study progress; maintaining accurate, timely and detailed records of study accrual and other study activities; assisting multi-site staff in retention activities; and other project-related responsibilities. The Research Study Assistant will be responsible for conducting HIV testing and counseling as part of the study procedures. If the candidate does not have an HIV testing and counseling certificate currently, they can obtain the certificate during training.

The Research Assistant (RA) is expected to work some evening hours (e.g., 11 AM – 7 PM) and weekend shifts to maximize retention efforts for study participants who are unavailable during the regular workday.

We are seeking a diverse pool of candidates. Candidates from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in research are encouraged to apply.

Please Note: Saturday and evening hours will be required. This position will be based off campus, at the Center on Halsted.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Recruits study participants; reviews and obtains informed consent; schedules study visits with participants; conducts interviews; may score test results; collects survey data; and may review medical records;
  • Facilitates communication with key personnel and participants to maintain project study flow;
  • Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting and entering data; and preparing basic charts and graphs;
  • Performs scientific literature searches in support of research; and complete portions of grant applications and documents associated with current local, state, and federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws and research protocols when necessary;
  • Processes reimbursements for travel expenses; monitor and distribute petty cash when necessary;
  • Processes invoices and purchase requisitions;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a social or health science + no experience or 2 years practical research study or related experience is required.
  • Must complete NU’s IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Excellent communication skills with effective spoken and written communication.
  • Strong coordination skills and the ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Efficient and resourceful in problem-solving.
  • Effective time management skills.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to take ownership of the work, possessing initiative, and good follow-through.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills, familiarity with Windows environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous work experience involving direct interaction with participants or clients.
  • Experience working with LGBT youth.
  • Experience working in public health, psychology, and/or medical research.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and guidance.
  • Flexibility in adapting to new procedures and environments.
  • Ability to receive and benefit from feedback; willingness to expand skill set and improve performance.
  • Knowledge of HIV and HIV risk among YMSM.

To apply for this position, please visit Northwestern University’s careers site, and search for job 27955. As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. We are seeking a diverse pool of candidates. Candidates from racial/ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

 


Training Opportunities

Our Training page contains information about the clinical psychology internship track in LGBT health with the IMPACT Program, as well Northwestern University’s Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program.


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IMPACT Program Diversity Statement: Northwestern University and IMPACT’s commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence in academic programs, world-class research, and health programs. Engagement in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military service, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression will not be tolerated.  Through its work, the IMPACT Program advances the health and wellbeing of LGBT individuals.  Staff and trainees should expect to find a diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities among IMPACT staff, trainees, research participants, and in outreach experiences.  We highlight the importance of respecting and valuing this aspect of diversity among staff and trainees.

 



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